As the ACC tournament game between North Carolina and North Carolina State finally gets underway following a long rain delay, I thought I’d turn my attention to Jacksonville with an impromptu mini-mailbag:
Question…Clemson’s pitching staff is pretty deep…still, how much impact will having to go 13 innings have on them and/or Miami? I mean, if FSU chases their starters early (which could easily happen)…the Noles could end up putting 20 on the board. And that’s not good news for the Tigers since Bryan Henry will be on the mound Saturday night…
I think Wednesday’s 13-inning marathon between Clemson and Miami (a 5-4 Clemson win) might have some effect on the Tigers, but they still only used three pitchers. Righty Alan Farina, who worked 3 2/3 very strong innings of relief late in the game for Clemson, is probably burned for Saturday, but Jack Leggett could probably bring closer Stephen Clyne (1 2/3 innings Wednesday) back, he’s still got righties P.J. Zocchi, Matt Vaughn and D.J. Mitchell back there, assuming he starts Ryan Hinson and David Kopp. The Hurricanes could be in worse trouble, because closer Danny Gil went three scoreless, hitless innings, and they don’t have an awful lot else back there that they can rely on. Fortunately for both teams, neither had to play today.
One other note from the Clemson-Miami game, which the Tigers won on a suicide squeeze: preseason All-American center fielder Brad Chalk was back in action for Clemson after missing the past 15 games with a back injury. Chalk went 1-for-4 with an RBI double as a DH out of the leadoff spot, and he could provide Clemson with a crucial spark against Florida State.